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Blue Nest Spruce Picea mariana 'Nana'

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PY-see--uh mar-ee-AH-nuh NAN-uh
Description

Grown for its foliage, blue-green needles that measure 1/2" long, size, texture and shape.  A dense, compact shrub with a nest-like depression.  Grows best in a location with cool summers in bogs, bottomlands, flatlands, and dry slopes.  Prefers rich soil, but will tolerate poor soil.  During its youth, the plant requires constant moisture and not allowed to dry out.  As the plant matures, less moisture is required.  

Black Spruce is sometimes effected by eastern dwarf mistletoe, needle cast, needle rusts, and canker.  Aphids, budworms, and bagworms may also have an effect.

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Picea
    Species:
    mariana
    Family:
    Pinaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    Non-flowering
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    The shrub is grown for the foliage that when new is blue-green, gray-green summer color. Short, straight, flexible leaves taper to a long point but not sharp.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Lawn
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Pond
    Slope/Bank
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Small groups
    Specimen